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Barton Hills Elementary School10

Austin, TX | Travis County


June 9, 2014

This school is the best school in Texas. The teachers are caring and challenging and don't give up until you get the concept completely. The PE in this school is great I think you will be happy here!

April 30, 2014

Barton Hills Elementary has some incredible qualities: caring teachers, a very strong and dynamic administrator, emphasis on whole child education and wellness, and one of the best music programs in town. It's also slightly smaller than most elementary schools, and located near downtown Austin.

Submitted by a parent

March 21, 2013

Barton Hills Elementary is amazing. Academics are very strong, yet students never feel pressured or stressed. There is also a strong emphasis on the arts. My (KINDER) son is learning to read music, has discovered he loves to sing, (thanks to an amazing music teacher) discusses Picasso and Degas, attends a beautiful computer lab weekly & goes to school every morning excited to learn. Huge emphasis on character education: atmosphere is polite, calm, and respectful. I feel like I have stepped back in time (in a good way) whenever I enter the school. The parents are diverse and relaxed, fancy cars mix with rusted old clunkers, and there is never a feeling of snobbery. I looked at every school and neighborhood in Austin before choosing BHE and it's exceeded my expectations. My VERY shy son feels safe here. There are so many parent & grandparent volunteers patiently helping kids who need extra help, it feels very homey. Every teacher is certified to teach gifted students. The older kids (the products of & the best measure of a school) are polite, sweet, and allowed to BE KIDS: a rarity in the world today. You don't ever hear bad language or see bullying. Wonderful atmosphere.

Submitted by a parent

February 3, 2013

BHE has great kindergarden teachers, however in the oldest grades some teacher don't go further to keep advance students stimulate. This school don't have a strong gifted program. Infrastructure and cafeteria are not very clean and students are constantly sick. Some teachers and personal are not very competitive to manage challenging situations. On the other hand, the school has great parent participation and good PTA. Excellent in the areas of music and the environment is somehow positive. Some teachers make the difference !!

Submitted by a parent

September 10, 2012

We took great care in selecting an elementary school and went out of way to transfer to Barton Hills Elementary with the hope that it would live up to all the great things we heard. Indeed it has so far! We're in our third year and have been so pleased with the teachers, not just from an academic standpoint, but also in terms of the positive learning environment they create and the "emotional IQ" learning that goes on, which some public schools seem to be lacking because the teachers simply don't have time to deal with it. There seems to be such respect for the children as individuals and a welcoming atmosphere for the parents to truly participate in their children's education. The small school and class size and the friendly, down-to-earth community makes it a warm and wonderful place. Most parents are involved and enthusiastic about making it even better. We also love that the schools feels connected with Austin's vibrant urban center.

Submitted by a parent

February 3, 2011

I went to Barton hills from grade PK-5th grade and I loved every min. of it. 20 years later, I know have a child of my own and want her to go there, I am praying they do not close the school down! Best school ever!

Submitted by a parent

January 10, 2011

Barton Hills is a small neighborhood gem in this large urban district. With skilled, caring teachers and hardworking, talented parent volunteers, the educational experience is rich. It's an incredible community to be a part of.

Submitted by a parent

April 29, 2010

Small classes, fantastic teachers and great academic enrichment opportunities.

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April 24, 2010

It is a true neighborhood school in the best sense.

Submitted by a parent

October 14, 2009

This is an A+ school with all the right ingredients first-class teachers, engaged kids and involved parents. It's no surprise folks camp out overnight to transfer their kids here. Plus, this school offers sixth grade, which is becoming increasingly unusual at AISD.

Submitted by a parent

October 8, 2009

Best elementary school in Austin by far... the teachers are Outstanding!Parents are all involved.

Submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009

Barton Hills is a great school. The students are great, the parents help out alot and the teachers really care about their students.

Submitted by a teacher

January 12, 2009

Barton Hills has caring teachers, staff, parents and administration. Children are generally kind and accepting of differences. Many teachers are committed, experienced, and enthusiastic. Parents and PTA are supportive, and the school climate makes you feel welcome. I am pleased with the school, and am glad I chose to send my kids here.

Submitted by a parent

December 16, 2008

It is interesting to see how the reviews on this site have deteriorated over the years. I am also rapidly losing my enthusiasm. Yes, there is great parent involvement, it is small, there are some excellent teachers, and the PTA does wonderful things. But my kids have received a very uneven education. A small school like this one doesn't afford much choice when teachers aren't meeting your child's need. And the principal is doing very little to weed out those teachers who are not performing. There is no program to accommodate and challenge gifted kids. My observation is that the TAKS is the focus. How sad.

Submitted by a parent

December 2, 2008

I have had kids at Barton Hills for the past 8 years. First, the positives: high parental involvement; the experience of being in a small school where you get to know everyone; an outstanding kindergarten staff, with highly experienced teachers. Now the negatives: overall, a steady deterioration in quality. Except for the kindergarten program, the other grades have suffered high staff turnover. Many excellent teachers have left, and their replacements have not always been up to par. The prinicipal has alienated many staff and parents. There is essentially no program for gifted and talented students. My kids experienced wildly uneven curriculum. Although my oldest child had generally good instruction, except for spelling, my younger child never learned cursive, learned no keyboarding, had no computer lab for almost a year, had no consistent instruction in grammar or spelling beteen 1st and 5th grade, and was inundated with busy work.

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